Positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Donbas have come under fire 42 times in the past 24 hours, Kyiv has said.
The press center of the headquarters of Kyiv's army operation in eastern Ukraine said in a report, published on its Facebook account on Friday morning, that yesterday, having reduced their combat activity near Avdiyivka and the Donetsk airport, militants' forces "increased the number of strikes against fortifications of anti-terrorist operation forces in the vicinity of other localities along the entire contact line from 5:00 p.m."
Ukrainian military positions near Luhanske came under intense 82mm mortar fire, with militants launching some 200 mines. The mortar strikes were interspersed with shelling involving infantry fighting vehicle weapons, anti-aircraft systems, grenade launchers of different systems and large-caliber submachine guns, according to the report.
The press center also said that 120mm and 82mm mortars were fired against Ukrainian checkpoints near Zaitseve. Submachine guns and mortars were subsequently used as well.
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Strikes involving grenade launchers and submachine guns were conducted in the vicinity of Mayorsk.
In a separate development, 120mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicle weapons, grenade launchers and large-caliber submachine guns were used against Ukrainian military positions in the vicinity of Novotroitske, near the city of Mariupol, while mortars, grenade launchers and small arms were fired at Shyrokyne and Vodyane, the press center said.
Sporadic small arms attacks on Ukrainian positions were recorded near Maryinka.
The intensity of shelling has not declined since midnight. Ten strikes against Ukrainian military positions have been recorded.